A particular passage from John 12 caught my ear this morning during Mass. Jesus looking toward the eventual horror of his own crucifixion says: “I am troubled. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”
It’s powerful because it reminds us, sometimes the toughest challenges we face are the very reason we’re here to begin with.
This resonates with leadership roles. Anybody in a leadership role – and I think most of us find ourselves with the opportunity and obligation to lead in our lives – will eventually face a tough decision, a moment of crisis, a painful dilemma. This passage can help remind you, on those toughest of days, that crises provide you the opportunity to exercise your purpose.
I love it when things are running smoothly – who needs to go begging for trouble? – but I know soon enough something won’t be smooth. And it will be my obligation and duty to face that trouble and help find a way to a solution. And whether you lead in business, in government, in your community,the military, or your family, you have the duty as well. But remember, it’s more than obligation; it’s an honor to be called upon to serve in difficult times. And a fulfillment of the purpose for which we are made.
I committed this passage to memory this morning to have readily at hand when I need to remind myself of this. But the last line may well limn the whole as you plunge “once more into the breach”: “Father, glorify your name.”